February 24, 2018

Big Vic warns Springboks: Wallabies will be no cakewalk

12 September 2017, 12:44 | Marlene Fleming

Sam Cane

Sam Cane

Tendai Mtawarira, who will play his 93 Test on Saturday, is likely to be the next Springbok to join them in what has been branded "The toughest membership in the world", and Matfield paid tribute to the veteran prop.

The Wallabies and Springboks drew for just the second time in the history of their 84-game rivalry on Saturday night after the home side coughed up a 10-point lead in Perth - but they were ultimately fortunate to escape with a share of the spoils.

"We all need that same attitude of wanting it a lot and staying at it".

Hansen said he was glad for the defensive challenges his players had encountered, as it would force them to perform under pressure and try to exploit space elsewhere.

"We have played exceptionally well in patches in Test matches this year but what we are really focussing on is Monday to Friday, nailing that and then that is what gets you your eighty minute performances".

"It's about making sure we finish off the game, the back end of our game we'd really like to improve, we know we're fit enough so it's all about refining the little details".

Beale was the Wallabies' clear standout - continuing his magnificent form since returning from England - while Michael Hooper, Israel Folau, Coleman and Foley were also impressive.

All Blacks Kieran Read Sam Whitelock and Sam Cane
All Blacks Kieran Read Sam Whitelock and Sam Cane

An early head injury to hooker Polota-Nau gave 20-year-old Jordan Uelese an earlier-than-expected Wallabies debut in the 18th minute.

"Taf is not going to want to hear this but I was pumped the other guy was going to get a run", Cheika said of the early eight-minute cameo.

"He's a talent. I know one lineout throw went sideways but he threw a good one 5m out, had a run, had a good first scrum and got into it".

"If they have a three vs three‚ you have to stop it otherwise you'll sit with a five vs two eventually‚ then it becomes a picking off and an easy game".

"The Springboks will never be happy with a draw", Coetzee said in Perth.

Coach Allister Coetzee rates the All Blacks the best in the business, but feels they are beatable. But a lack of impact from loose forwards Sean McMahon and Ned Hanigan, and problems at the set-piece leave Michael Cheika with plenty of work to do ahead of next week's assignment against Argentina.

"We have four excellent locks at our disposal at the moment and Pieter-Steph was outstanding tonight".

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